Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta
ALMA is an Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) program that addresses the challenges and opportunities facing the Atlanta region’s arts and culture community. It is for leaders who are passionate about the arts and their community’s culture, no matter what their profession. The deadline has passed for the 2019 class. Please join our mailing list to make sure you don’t miss when applications open for the 2020 class around August, 2019.
The program seeks to:
- Provide leaders with insights from civic leaders as to why the arts are important to them, why they support the arts, and why the arts are important to the future of the region
- Provide leaders with the tools and knowledge to become informed and powerful advocates for the arts in the Atlanta region
- Facilitate frank, high-level conversations on policies, problems, and solutions for key arts issues in the region
“I went to [an ARC workshop session on economic competitiveness] today and WOW. It was great! ALMA really helped me feel comfortable doing something like that and joining in the conversation. I feel like what we learned and discussed in ALMA gave me the tools and ignited my passion to participate more in shaping our region.”
ALMA meets once a month for five months and features speakers representing the region’s arts, culture, and civic communities. This schedule may also include trips to various cultural events around the region.
- $700 for employees or owners of private sector businesses and employees of government agencies, or schools.
- $350 for employees of nonprofits and working, self-employed artists.
2019 ALMA Class Schedule
- Kickoff Reception – January 15th, evening
- January 24th, 8:30am – 4:30pm (Thursday)
- February 20th, 8:30am – 4:30pm (Wednesday)
- March 20th, 8:30am – 4:30pm (Wednesday)
- April 10th, 8:30am – 4:30pm (Wednesday)
- May 1st, 8:30am – 5:30pm (Wednesday)
If necessary, there will be a make-up class in June (if, for instance, an early class is snowed out):
- June 5th, 8:30am – 5:30pm (Wednesday)
NOTE: All classes are held centrally in the metro Atlanta. The schedule may include additional cultural events.
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Applications are solicited region-wide. Interested individuals apply directly to ARC during the application period. The ARC begins accepting applications each year starting in August/September with a deadline in October. The class is chosen in November and classes begin in January. Check this page for updates on the program including specific deadlines for each year. Or join the mailing list to receive an email when the application is open.
The ALMA Steering Committee is comprised of ARC staff and selected ALMA alumni. Each year the committee seeks to select a diverse group of individuals with regard to ethnicity, gender, geography, profession, community service, and demonstrated leadership. This is a competitive process. If you have questions, email Josh Phillipson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 470-378-1522.
Past speakers include:
- Mayor Shirley Franklin (Former Mayor, City of Atlanta)
- Lisa Cremin (Director, Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund)
- Joe Bankoff (Georgia Tech and Chair of the Fulton County Arts Council)
- Marian Liou (Founder, We Love BuHi)
- Karen Paty (Executive Director, Georgia Council for the Arts)
- Tom Key (Executive Artistic Director, Theatrical Outfit)
- Susan Neugent (President and CEO, Fernbank Museum of Natural History)
- Amir Farokhi (City Council, City of Atlanta)
- Doug Shipman (President and CEO, Woodruff Arts Center)
- Penny McPhee (President, Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation)
- Carlton Mackey (Director, Ethics & the Arts, Emory University)
- Josh Jackson (Editor-in-Chief, Paste Magazine)
- Lain Shakespeare (Corporate Citizenship Director, MailChimp)
- Makeba Dixon-Hill (Curator of Education, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art)
- Anthony Rodriguez (Producing Artistic Director, Aurora Theatre)
- Senator PK Martin (Georgia Senate)
- Doug Hooker (Executive Director, Atlanta Regional Commission)
- Brandon Jones (Head of Creative Placemaking, WonderRoot)
- Julie Rhoad (President, The AIDS Quilt)